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Posted on: September 6, 2017

Highway 83 Bypass project hits major milestone

The U.S. Highway 83 Bypass Project recently marked another major milestone, as the concrete deck for the new bridge spanning the Souris River was poured on Sept. 5.

Crews began working around 3 a.m. on Sept. 5, with the concrete pour lasting until early afternoon. Lonnie Heth, project manager with the North Dakota Department of Transportation, said approximately 450 yards of concrete were placed to form the deck and end walls.

The deck pour for the other new bridge, the one spanning the CP railroad tracks, will take place in late September. Workers are currently preparing for the final abutment to be poured, and then will begin setting the concrete beams that will support the bridge’s deck.

Other components of the $13.5 million project are also progressing on schedule.

Heth said construction of the new intersection at 21st Avenue NW must be completed this year, with work expected to wrap up in that location by late fall. By the end of this construction season, 21st Avenue NW will extend west across the bypass to link up with a portion of 21st Avenue NW that already exists near a number of apartment buildings. There will also be traffic signals at the intersection of the bypass and 21st Avenue NW for east-west traffic, and on the bypass for north-south traffic. Some curb and gutter and asphalt pavement has been placed already for a new 21st Avenue realignment.  The remaining curb and gutter and asphalt pavement should be completed by the end of September. 

Some road realignments will also be completed in conjunction with this project. The roads leading to Terracito Vallejo and Dakota Bark Park will be moved further to the north, while access to the frontage road leading to Capital RV on the east side of the bypass and access to the frontage road leading to Valley Custom Meats and the Flying J Travel Center on the west side of the bypass will be relocated further south.

In 2018, the current bridge spanning the Souris River for north-bound traffic will be demolished and replaced with a new bridge. During that construction, traffic will be diverted onto the new two lanes created this year. The current bridge spanning the CP railroad tracks for north-bound traffic will remain in place.

Gladen Construction is the prime contractor for the bypass project. Wanzek Construction is a subcontractor responsible for much of the bridge work being done.

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